How Your Company Can Increase Productivity With A Network Time Server
November 18, 2019
If you’ve worked in an office for any length of time, you’ve more than likely heard all the tired clichés about using time wisely and how important time management is. After all, there’s a reason humans have been keeping track of time for 5,000 to 6,000 years, dating back to the ancient Egyptians.
It’s not to blame companies for their emphasis on time. For years and years, millions of Americans got up and came to work, punching in and punching out on time clocks. In recent years, with improvements in technology and innovations like networked computers, GPS, social media and even cloud services, synchronized clocks have become an everyday part of life, even if the average employee doesn’t realize it.
Whether your company uses Power over Ethernet clocks (PoE clocks), digital wall clocks or even an NTP sever, companies are all about keeping time these days and using synchronized clocks.
That’s especially true when it comes to computers. Think about all you might use your computer for during an average workday. Your computer literally performs hundreds of tasks every day and if it’s connected to a server then having accurate synchronized clocks becomes even more important. Computers often take timestamps to indicate when certain processes are done, but computer clocks can be vulnerable to drifting, even by a few seconds. A few seconds might not seem like much, but in some industries, it can make all the difference in the world.
Don’t believe it? Synchronized clocks and a network with proper time can have the following benefits:
- Better productivity: As any office HR rep can tell you, manually keeping track of time data and payroll information can be a very time-consuming project. What’s even worse is that when important information like this is recorded manually, there’s a higher chance mistakes may be made. Thankfully modern network time servers and network clocks can easily keep track of both time data and payroll information. What’s more is that with a network server, the entire office will be more productive and your network will easily be able to create timestamps that will give management a clear picture of how everything is running.
- Saving money: You’ve likely heard the phrase “Time is money!” around your office a time or two. It may seem like a well-worn phrase, but in actuality time does cost money. In fact, many companies lose money and productivity every day because time cards are filled out incorrectly. Over time, what seems like maybe only a handful of minutes each day, can add up to major losses somewhere down the line. By mandating and having synchronized clocks throughout an entire company, companies can save time, save money and save themselves from a lot of careless mistakes.
- Better management: If you’re the manager of your office, you no doubt have a lot to keep up with. There’s scheduling, assigning tasks, dealing with time off requests and dozens of other little jobs you’re likely doing throughout the day. It’s a lot to manage and it can get even more challenging if you’ve got employees who work remotely. With a synchronized network, you can breathe easier since you’ll be able to easily keep track of productivity, time and other things. If there are issues or discrepancies, you can address those right away since you’ll have a reliable timekeeping system to provide you with all the essential data you need.
For those reasons, network time servers (NTP servers) are becoming critical pieces of equipment when it comes to linking computers to networks. They receive time updates from atomic clocks and then distribute it to all devices connected to a network. As you may or may not know, atomic clocks are extremely accurate and won’t drift, so by using an NTP server you can ensure you’ve got synchronized clocks throughout your office’s entire network. Your entire office will be more synchronized and productive and you won’t ever have to worry about losing any money due to wasted time.